This article is from the Diet FAQ, by Claudia McCreary firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
Artificial sweeteners may be an effective aid for those who have occasional
cravings for sweets, but probably work against those of us who have an
active sweet tooth. The taste of artificial sweeteners can trigger sugar
cravings about as well as real sugar can. Some long-term users of artificial
sweeteners use sweeteners in addition to all the foods they normally eat,
rather than as a substitute for part of the foods.